Key facts about the artist

Midwest (2002)

Nashashibi creates works in film, sculpture, photography and printmaking
Venice Biennale
First woman to be awarded the Beck’s Futures Art Prize in 2003


Video: British Council - Glasgow International 2012: Rosalind Nashashibi

Video: Art in Scotland TV - Keith Hartley on GENERATION at the Scottish National Gallery, 2014

Video: ICA - Rosalind Nashashibi in conversation with Dieter Roelstraete, 2009

About Rosalind's work

Rosalind Nashashibi creates works in film, sculpture, photography and printmaking. Her films, in particular, reveal the rhythms and patterns of everyday life and explore the boundaries between reality and fiction. Working in 16mm film, her early works focused on real situations, but did not reveal stories about her subjects, rather, she is fascinated by the rituals played out by social groups and the individual's place within the society.

Midwest (2002) is an example of this approach. Focusing on body language and gesture rather than words and conversation, it is an exploration of the passing of time. Made during an artist’s residency project in Omaha, Nebraska, it is a record of ordinary life in the racially segregated city; with areas so neglected they appear to be reverting to a rural landscape. Within this context the artist evokes the melancholic side of a community that seems to be both drifting along and waiting for something to happen. 

In 2005, Nashashibi moved away from purely observational films. Delving deeper into the meeting of mythology, performance and anthropology, she began to film in the borders where reality and fiction meet. Carlo's Vision (2011) is based on an episode in Pasolini's unfinished novel Petrolio in which the protagonist has a vision in a busy shopping street in Rome. Nashashibi transports the vision from the 1970s to the present day, updating the voices to reflect the current political and social reality in Italy.  Colliding real space with fictional space, viewers of the film are watching alongside the streets' passers-by.

Such ideas were further cemented in Nashashibi's 2012 commission from Scottish Ballet and Glasgow International festival, Lovely Young People (Beautiful Supple Bodies), in which she invited local residents in Glasgow to watch Scottish Ballet rehearsals. The film creates a tension between the dancers’ movement the ritual and discipline involved in learning the routine and the figures watching the performance. The camera records their gaze and their whispered thoughts about what they are seeing. In Nashashibi’s film, the watcher becomes the watched, highlighting the artist’s interest in the way the lens of the camera captures and transforms how we interact with our environment and with each other.


Rosalind Nashashibi (born 1973 in Croydon) studied art at Sheffield Hallam University from 1992 to 1995. In 1998 she began an MFA degree at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2000. She has exhibited widely and her solo shows include Tate Britain, London (2004); Kunsthalle, Basel (2004); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2007); Presentation House, Vancouver (2008); ICA, London and Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2009); Murray Guy, New York (2013); and Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2013). In 2003 Nashashibi was the first woman to be awarded the Beck’s Futures Art Prize. In 2007 she exhibited as part of Scotland + Venice at the 52nd Venice Biennale. She lives and works in Liverpool. 


More information

Francis McKee et al., Rosalind Nashashibi, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2003

Adam Szymczyk, Rosalind Nashashibi: Over In, Kunsthalle Basel, 2004

Rosalind Nashashibi, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2009

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